Although until recently relatively unknown to the wider media, if you speak to any seasoned pro or rising star in Nashville – they are likely to have sung with Erin Rae.
Known as East Nashville’s go to harmony girl – if you’re listening to a record by Margo Price, Anderson East, Andrew Combs or chatting to Richard Thompson or Aaron Lee Tasjan – they will sing the praises of Erin Rae. As an incredibly talented singer-songwriter it wasn’t long before Erin stepped out into the spotlight and it was also little surprise to the songwriting community when Erin’s full length debut ‘Soon Enough’, received huge critical support from long-time tastemakers at NPR alongside the likes of Rolling Stone, The Fader, and more. She has also already made her mark on the UK with her debut tour last year creating an underground buzz that resulted in support from the BBC and UK country publications such as Nashville Over Here.
Today Erin Rae announced the release of her new single, ‘Like The First Time’ which premiered on The 405, who described the track as, “drawing from country but infusing with 60s psych, Rae is capable of drawing genres and ideas that are seemingly at odds with one another into something quite remarkable”. The track will be officially released on 9 June.
It’s unique languid feel combined with retro fuzz drenched guitar solos, may draw comparisons to European 60s psyche guitar soundscapes created by the Beatles and Yardbirds but to many ears it also mines deep, creatively disparate influences such as Richard Hawley, Wilco and Michael Nau. With an angsty feel, Erin’s vocals sooth (already drawing comparisons to Aimee Mann and Feist). Recorded in Wisconsin in a beautiful, historic Franciscan monastery-turned-creative space on Wisconsin’s Fox River – the perfect setting for tracking Erin’s genre busting new single, which continues the vocal and song serving restraint of her indie-country tinged debut, ‘Soon Enough’,
The tracks empowering lyrics are very personal, with Erin sharing her desire to take a stand in her relationships, “Like The First Time is about making the mistake of thinking I can control how someone else perceives me or how they feel about me. It’s about the pit in your stomach feeling after you go against what you feel is right, to try to keep someone from being angry with you. How it’s super sad to disregard how you feel to try to appease another person. I think that’s why this ones more angsty sounding. Lots of pent up emotion in that.”
She tours the UK in June performing at venues including London’s Green Note (see full tour dates below), with her band ‘The Meanwhiles’ – with multi instrumentalists Jerry Bernhardt (Andrew Combs, Ron Gallo) and Dom Billett (Andrew Combs, The Stray Birds) also featuring on the hotly anticipated new record, details of which will be announced in the very near future.
Erin tours the UK in June 2017 dates including:
JUN 14 WED – Dorset Arms. East Grinstead
JUN 15 THU – The Trades Club. Hebden Bridge
JUN 16 FRI – Seven Artspace. Chapel Allerton,
JUN 17 SAT – Gordon Arms Ents Shed. Bedford
JUN 18 SUN – Joy Festival, Tunbridge Wells
JUN 20 TUE – Green Note. London
JUN 21 WED – The Canteen. Bristol
JUN 22 THU – Poppy And Pint. Nottingham
JUN 23 FRI – Thimblemill Library, Smethwick/Birmingham
JUN 24 SAT – The Forge at Anvil Arts. Basingstoke
JUN 25 SUN – St. Mary’s Hall, Whitstable
JUN 27 TUE – The Hug & Pint. Glasgow
JUN 28 WED – The Depot, Edinburgh
JUN 29 THU – The Ex-Servicemens Club. Corby
JUN 30 FRI – Maverick Festival, Marlingford